Upstairs Downtown: Growing Up, Not Out

Learning Approach: Skills Building

| Sheraton New Orleans, Napoleon C | Posted: Tuesday, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Vacant upper floors are a persistent problem in America's historic and older commercial districts. This workshop will demystify the redevelopment process using a typical Main Street building. Industry experts in design and development will examine the architectural, construction, regulatory, and economic variables that must be understood and addressed for a successful renovation project. During this session, Main Street managers will explore explore the key factors that can "make or break" a project, with a special emphasis on residential use and small-scale buildings. Using case studies, attendees will participate in an interactive session that will determine reuse options and create a financing plan to test its feasibility.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn what community resources you need to understand, identify, and promote to increase upper story redevelopment a part of your Main Street program.
  2. Explore key financial variables in "making the numbers work."
  3. Examine key architectural variables that make renovation easier/harder.


For more information contact:

Mike Jackson, FAIA, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Mike Jackson, FAIA is the Manager of the Preservation Services Division of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA). He is also a visiting professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Jackson holds degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Columbia University in New York. He is a founding member of the Association for Preservation Technology Committee on Sustainable Heritage and active in the development of green building standards and preservation policies. He has been active in the field of historic preservation throughout his career and has been a leader in the areas of Roadside Architecture, Main Street, the Recent Past and Sustainability.

Dan Carmody, Eastern Market Corporation
Dan Carmody is President of Eastern Market Corporation in Detroit. Benefiting from a youth split between Chicago's west side and western Iowa Carmody developed a keen appreciation for central cities and Main Streets. Schooled as a city planner, Carmody is a devoted urbanist with special interest in regenerating depressed local economies. Carmody led Renaissance Rock Island (IL) from 1988 to 2005 over which time the organization grew from staff of 1.5 and a $70, 000 budget into one with a staff of 14 and a $3 million plus budget. Since 2007 Carmody has served a President of Detroit's Eastern Market Corporation (EMC) where he leads the non-profit entity charged with converting one of the nation's oldest and largest public markets into a healthy metropolitan food hub. Since the mid-1990's Carmody has also served as a consultant to more than thirty community development programs, served on the board of directors of the International Downtown Association, and frequently presents at State and National conferences.